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Switzerland Tourist Visa

Switzerland Tourist Visa

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The Swiss visa application has to be downloaded from their official website. On this website, locate the ‘Visa application form’ option and click the arrow on the left to expand the sub-options. Out of the two sub-options, click on the ‘English German’ one to download the application form. In this section, you will get detailed information regarding the fill-up process of the Swiss visa application.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the visa application form for Switzerland is not accepted online, and scheduling an appointment is not possible.

Personal Information

Provide personal details such as your name, marital status and passport details.

Alien Residence Status

A valid proof of your residence status is required. B1/B2 visa holders are not eligible and neither are you eligible if you've a valid I797 but an expired visa stamp.


Pro Tip

If you've been to the Schengen area in the past 59 months, try reaching out to the Swiss consulate requesting a mail-in application. As per the European Union:

Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.


While this section is self-explanatory, make sure that you can provide evidence of the information you write. For those unemployed, write 'NA'.


Surname and first name of the inviting person(s) in the Member State(s). If not applicable, name of hotel(s) or temporary accommodation(s) in the Member State(s). For most travelers, this is the hotel's contact information. The details have to match those in your itinerary and hotel reservation.

You’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in Switzerland.. Use the Atlys tool above to find the minimum required balance.      

Visa application

After completing the application, make sure to sign it. Do not affix your photo on the application form.

Swiss Visa Draft Itinerary

You will have to provide details about your stay in Switzerland such as hotel accommodation, a copy of round trip flight tickets, and a rough schedule of planned activities. Use the Atlys tools to get them for free!

Swiss Visa Invitation Letter

If you are invited by someone or a company to Switzerland or visiting friends, family, and relatives, then you will have to show a letter of invitation with the details of the host and guest. Along with the details of host and visitor, the invitation letter also has information about the duration and reason of the trip, including accommodation details, date, and signature of the host.

Swiss Visa Photos

Photos for Schengen visa have to conform to ICAO standards.

  1. Two identical photos. Not older than six months.
  2. Photo size: 35x45mm or 2 in x 2 in.
  3. In color. No black and white
  4. Head should cover most of the photo.
  5. White background.
  6. Headgear worn for religious purposes is allowed.
  7. There should be no shadow on the face.
  8. Eyes must be clearly visible if you are wearing glasses.

Switzerland Schengen Visa For Minors

Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.

  1. Application form signed by both parents.
  2. Birth certificate of the child.
  3. If a child is traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization is signed by both parents or guardians.
  4. A reference letter from the school.

Letter of Employment for Swiss Visa

A letter of employment is required to prove that you have an incentive to return to your home country. For students, this is a letter from the university confirming your full-time admission. The letter should consist of:

  1. Employer name
  2. Your Position and title
  3. A declaration that you will continue to be employed during your Switzerland visit
  4. Contact and address information of the supervisor along with their signature.

For homemakers or those unemployed, a letter of support from any individual/organization. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents too.

Switzerland Visa Travel Insurance

The insurance should cover:

  1. Coverage of at least EUR 30,000.
  2. Be valid in all 26 Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  3. Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  4. For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive:
    “ Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”

Best Time to Apply for Switzerland Tourist Visa

The right time to apply for the Switzerland tourist:

  • 21 days before your trip
  • If you're proactive, you can apply for a ISwiss visa as early as six months before visiting Switzerland.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is proof of accommodation?

Proof of accommodation is a tentative itinerary showing your flight tickets & hotel stay but not yet purchased.

Can I re-apply for a Swiss visa after being denied once?

Yes, you can re-apply for a Swiss tourist visa if it has been refused.

Which income proofs can be submitted to show the ability to cover the travel and stay expenses?

Many qualify however, showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations

  • Pay stubs

  • travelers’ cheques

  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.

  • Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in Switzerland. The proof of income from the business.

  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.

How long is a short stay visa valid for? Can I leave the Schengen area and come back with the same visa?

The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries. The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay. What you must remember

  • You must have left the Schengen area at the latest on the day on which the visa expires.
  • You must not exceed the authorized length of stay during the validity of the visa.
  • If you have an authorized stay of 90 days, you must not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in 180 days, this period not having to exceed the duration of the visa and the period of 90 days starting from run on the date of the first entry.

What if my visa was denied?

You can appeal the decision if you believe that there was no mistake in your application. However, you will not get a refund of the original fees.

Which country is responsible for processing my visa application?

The Member State competent to handle a request visa and decide on it is the one whose territory constitutes the sole destination (or main) or the trips.

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